Federal Capital of Pakistan, Islamabad is surrounded by the magnificent Margalla hills which enhance the city beauty and maintain the environment but in these ongoing summers Islamabad has surpassed Dubai in terms of scorching temperature, reaching nearly 50 degrees Celsius today.
As reported by Weather.com, a subsidiary of IBM specializing in weather forecasts, the temperatures in the capital city have soared to 39°C, with a “feels like” temperature of 49°C.
Meanwhile, Dubai’s mercury scale stands at 37°C, with a “feels like” temperature of 47°C, which is two degrees lower than Islamabad.
Apart from the scorching heatwave, Islamabad experiences a humidity level of 44 percent, while Dubai’s humidity is slightly higher at 51 percent.
The wind is currently blowing at a speed of 12.8 km/h in Dubai and 11.2 km/h in Islamabad. The lowest temperatures expected today are 30°C in Islamabad and 31°C in Dubai.
Earlier due to the ongoing heatwave and Pakistan Meteorological Department’s warning, all hospitals in the federal capital have been put on high alert to deal with any emergency situation.
To ensure the best possible medical care, the Islamabad administration has sent a letter to the PIMS and Polyclinics hospitals, requesting them to be prepared for any medical emergency that may arise during the ongoing hot weather.
Measure During Heatwave
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued advisories, urging the public to take precautionary measures to combat the intense heatwave and strong summer winds, which can be dangerous if not handled carefully.
The NDMA, in its advisory, said that people should use water more, avoid carbonated drinks, and abstain from going out during the hottest hours of the day.
“Cover your head and then go out in the hot sun. Take special care of the sick, elderly, children and pets. Drink lemon water and ORS to compensate for salt deficiency. Wear light and soft clothes,” it said.
The NDMA added, “If someone faints in the heat, the people should pour cold water on his or her head.”
It also noted that extreme heat waves could cause glaciers to melt in glaciated regions, saying the relevant institutions were on alert to deal with the possible situation.
The residents of the areas affected by the threat of glacial lakes outburst floods (GLOFs) should be aware and careful and cooperate with local administration in any emergency situation, the NDMA added.
During this time, tourists should avoid travelling and staying in areas with possible GLOF risk, the authority said, adding timely protective measures could be helpful in preventing the damages caused by the melting of glaciers.